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A Bush Wedding to Remember

Posted on February 22, 2012

Under a hot African sky, Christian and Ingrid tied the knot in a Riverbed under a magnificent Jackalberry Tree.

After their first visit to Leopard Hills in 2009, Christian and Ingrid decided that Leopard Hills was the place they would love to celebrate their special day.

Friday dawned with the prospect of another hot day, but this was not to be any other day, this was to be a very special day in the lives of Christian Schmelz and Ingrid Papst. Friday 17th of February was to be the culmination of more than 10 years together, and the end of a two year engagement, as they took on a new journey in life, that of husband and wife. With the temperatures hitting the high thirties, there were times we thought we would “Schmeltz”, but a gentle breeze down the riverbed was a welcome relief.

The setting was beautiful, under the branches of an ancient Jackalberry, with the backdrop of a sandy riverbed, still shimmering with streams of water after the recent heavy rains. With the tranquillity unsurpassed, broken occasionally by the Crested Francolins voicing their unanimous chorus of celebration, adding to an atmosphere of incredible joy, it was quite simply summed up by the newlyweds, as “perfect”

As the sun dipped over the horizon, bringing a respite to the heat of the day, and the newlyweds ventured out into the bush for photographs and chilled Champagne. As night fell and the bush was enveloped by a blanked of blackness, illuminated by millions of stars, Christian and Ingrid returned to the Lodge, and guided to the Boma by the sound of drums, the celebration lasted long into the night.

Once again, we wish you both well for a future filled with happiness and laughter; it was our honour to share such a special day with you both.










7 thoughts on “A Bush Wedding to Remember

  1. I am in total agreement! There could not have been a place more perfect….Simply beautiful in every way. Thank you Ingrid and Christian for sharing your incredible day and may your continued journey together be a full and wonderful one…!

  2. What a lovely wedding and what great pics. Congrats to all, newlyweds and all who helped make this day so special. Thank you for sharing this bit of bush joy.

  3. Ingrid and Christian are such a beautiful couple (inside and out) – what a special way to celebrate the beginning of the rest of their lives together!

  4. Louise, Duncan and the whole team created that phantastic/outstanding/special day for us spending so much time for every details with so much personal support, enthusiasm and love that our dream became reality – or even much better! THE day in our lifes we will never forget! And a place on earth we will come back very soon!
    Many thanks again to our new friends at Leopard Hills, the newlyweds Ingrid & Christian

  5. I am speechless!!!!

    Just so happy for Ingrid & Christian that everything worked out so perfectly!!!!
    CONGRATS!!!!!

    Amazing couple- amazing Location!!!!
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